Data Sources

Data Sources for Great Start Assessment
The data will be compiled by MLHS from all sources on this sheet except the two highlighted.
Abbreviation Name Location Comments
ACS American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en Social/Economic data for 64 counties as of August 2008. Trend data available from 2005 only for counties with pop over 65,000. Data will also be available for cities and townships with populations over 20,000
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment data
Census U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/ The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the ACS as well as a number of other surveys and also provides population estimates.
CEPI Center for Educational Performance and Information http://www.michigan.gov/cepi CEPI collects and reports data about Michigan’s K-12 public schools. MEAP data for school buildings are available from this site.
Data Center Community Level Information about Kids www.kidscount.org Data provided by the state Kids Count project are posted in the Kids Count Data Center for communities with population over 25,000 and all counties.
DC Licensing * Day Care Licensing http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5455_49572—,00.html The Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing is within the MI Department of Human Services
DCH MI Department of Community Health http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2944—,00.html Vital statistics about births, deaths, disease.
DHS MI Department of Human Services http://www.michigan.gov/dhs The DHS provides cash assistance (FIP), food assistance (FAP), subsidized child care, domestic violence programs, and the Child Protection Services (child welfare).
HS Head Start County data are available from local Head Start programs Local GSCs will need to get these data.
MCIR Michigan Care Improvement Registry http://www.mcir.org/ immunization data – they are available on Data Center.
MDE MI Department of Education http://www.michigan.gov/mde
NCHS National Children’s Health Survey http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/slaits/nsch.htm Data available only for the state. Conducted first in 2003 and again in 2005.
Preventable Hospitalizations MI Department of Community Health http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2944_5324_6867—,00.html These data will not be provided on the data file.
SAIPE Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/saipe.html These estimates were developed for counties and school districts. 2005 rates cannot be compared with previous years. Child poverty data for young children is available ONLY for the state.
* Licensing data will be supplied but not compiled.
GSC Meeting Calendar

Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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Great Start Family Coalition

Serves as a sounding board for parent members of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

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Family Learning Connection

Learn more about how you can improve your child’s overall experience and achievement in school.

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Great Start to Quality

The best place for families to search for child care and preschool. Check it out today.

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